The GHSA Track and Field state championship meets for all classifications kicked off on Thursday, and Hall County athletes were quick to make their mark on the event.
North Hall’s Gracie McBride started the day off by placing second in the Class 3A triple jump, leaping 36 feet, 6 inches to claim an early eight points for the Trojans.
Riverside Military Academy triple jumpers Khalid Duke and Isaac Teasley also found success Thursday evening, placing fourth and sixth in the Class A private schools classification with distances of 42 feet, 7.5 inches and 42 feet, 6 inches respectively. Duke and Teasley combined to give the Eagles eight points in their effort to repeat as Class A private schools state champions.
Makius Scott put Gainesville on the state meet scoreboard with a shot put throw of 49 feet, 8.75 inches, good enough to earn him sixth place and give the Red Elephants three points on Day 1.
Cherokee Bluff’s Sierra Wainer ran her way to a seventh-place finish in the Class 3A 1600 meter, finishing with a time of 5 minutes, 27.62 seconds and contributing two points for the Bears.
Compiled by Nathan Berg